No. 13 Washington 82, UCLA 70
SEATTLE (AP)—Brandon Roy is back, all right.
Roy came off the bench to score 16 of his 20 points in the second half, and he added a career-high 13 rebounds and five assists, leading No. 13 Washington to an 82-70 win over UCLA on Saturday.
It was his best game since returning from arthroscopic surgery for a torn knee ligament sustained in the Great Alaska Shootout.
“Sensational,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Brandon had a solid double-double. Our guys did a good job of finding him in positions where he was really effective. He really helped us out.”
The Huskies (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10) used 22 offensive rebounds to survive their second-worst shooting effort of the season. Washington extended its home winning streak to 20 games, the school’s longest run since 23 straight in 1952-53.
The Bruins (12-7, 6-5) were the last team to win in Seattle, on Jan. 10, 2004.
“We haven’t beaten UCLA, since I’ve been here, in the regular season,” Washington’s Will Conroy said. “That was a tough one. That’s one team we don’t really like to see on our schedule. They make it tough for us because of their length.”
It gets rougher from here, since the Huskies play five of their final seven regular-season games on the road.
It might not matter if Roy keeps rolling. He made 8-of-9 at the free-throw line, collected eight first-half rebounds and got the crowd involved with his athletic swat of Justin Farmar’s attempted fast-break layup.
“The important thing when you come off the bench is you’ve got to get involved,” Roy said. “Otherwise, you find yourself coasting. I just wanted to contribute, either with rebounds, assists or scoring.”
The Huskies led 62-58 with 7:24 to play after UCLA ran off 11 straight points, and the margin was down to 65-60 after Bruins standout Dijon Thompson scored on a putback with 6:02 remaining.
That’s when Roy got busy. He drove for a bucket, made two free throws and then hustled back on defense quickly enough to swat Farmar’s shot.
“That was kind of a weird play,” Roy said. “It was Will’s responsibility to get back, but Farmar had been my man all night. Will kind of ran over to his man. In the back of my head, I heard Will saying, ‘B, get that!”’
On Washington’s next possession, Roy found Bobby Jones open for a 3-pointer, putting the Huskies up 72-62 with 4:13 to go. All day, the 6-foot-6 Roy took advantage of his size against the 6-2 Farmar.
“We got hurt by their post-ups,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Roy, in particular, was really good. He hurt us around the basket.”
Jones scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16 and Tre Simmons 11 for Washington, but it was Roy’s day.
“I constantly call him a provider,” Romar said. “He just gives you what you need. Tonight, it was rebounds, but he also set people up, he got easy shots and he scored. He was a mismatch problem.”
The Huskies shot 37.8 percent (28-of-74) from the floor, missing dozens of tries that just rolled off the rim. Their season-low was 35.9 percent in a 66-48 win over Washington State on Jan. 23.
“We played against a very good basketball team, shot 37 percent from the field and still won by double digits,” Romar said. “It makes us really proud of our guys, to come out and do that.”
Thompson, who matched his career high in the first game against Washington with 29 points, had 22 this time on 9-of-16 shooting. Freshman Josh Shipp added 20, but the Bruins couldn’t offset 23 turnovers.
“We came back and were right there, and then they hit some big shots,” center Michael Fey said. “Rebounding and turnovers is why we lost.”
If anyone was going to disrupt things for Washington, it figured to be UCLA. The Bruins had won seven of the last eight in the series, and the Huskies blew a 21-point lead in a 95-86 loss at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 8.
“We got energy from our crowd in that one, and they got energy from their crowd this time,” Thompson said. “Maybe their crowd got to us a little bit. That’s how it goes on the road.”
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